Free Diamonds

There Should Be More Dancing

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Newcastle, England's Free Diamonds apparently thought that the only thing wrong with the post-millennial swarm of retro-post-punk acts is that there just wasn't enough Primus influence. That's the only possibly excuse for There Should Be More Dancing, an album on which a baker's dozen adequate but undistinguished faux-funk grooves are overlaid with spastic, rubbery bass playing and irritating cartoony vocals. Only one song on the album breaks the three-minute mark, and nearly a quarter don't make it to two. But with the deadening sameness of the trio's one-joke sound and the near-total lack of interesting musical or lyrical ideas, it seems like this album just drones on forever. One song is called "What Part of Free Diamonds Don't You Understand?" Answer: the part that made these guys think this was a good idea.

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